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AP Top International News At 12:50 p.m. EDT

China reports deadly attack in northwest
BEIJING (AP) -- A mob armed with knives rampaged through part of China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed on Islamic militants, state media reported Tuesday....

Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel on Tuesday unleashed its heaviest bombardment in a 3-week-old war against Hamas, striking symbols of the militant group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that Palestinian officials said shut down the strip's only power plant....

Hamas demands for cease-fire and Israel's concerns
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Hamas rulers have presented a list of demands to stop their fire on Israel in the Gaza war. Israel has said it doesn't want to reward Hamas for its rocket campaign, but has other reasons to oppose the demands - mostly based on security....

Sources: EU adopts tough new sanctions on Russia
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Frustrated by the apparent ineffectiveness of previous sanctions and outraged by the deaths of 298 people aboard the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over eastern Ukraine, the European Union adopted tough new economic sanctions against Russia Tuesday, two diplomats said....

China: Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation
BEIJING (AP) -- China's ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief on Tuesday, demonstrating President Xi Jinping's firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the country's topmost leaders....

Shelling adds to mounting civilian toll in Ukraine
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Shelling in at least three cities in eastern Ukraine has hit a home for the elderly, a school and several apartment blocks, adding to a rapidly growing civilian death toll Tuesday....

Suicide bomber kills Afghan president's cousin
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A powerful cousin of outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai was assassinated by a suicide bomber hiding explosives in his cap on Tuesday, a provincial official said. It was the latest attack targeting Afghan power brokers and government officials as insurgents and political factions struggle for power ahead of the withdrawal of foreign combat forces by the end of this year....

Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris infested with rats
PARIS (AP) -- Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp onto the grass in broad daylight, defying sanitation workers and scaring tourists visiting the site....

West African airline suspends flights amid Ebola
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Police officers deployed to Liberia's international airport to ensure passengers are screened for Ebola symptoms as a major regional airline announced Tuesday it was suspending flights to the cities hardest hit by an outbreak that has killed more than 670 people....

AP PHOTOS: NKorea opens summer camp for kids
WONSAN, North Korea (AP) -- Summer camp in North Korea? It's got one - and it's got everything from giant water slides and a private beach to video games and volleyball courts. Oh, and, of course, a big bronze statue of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il surrounded by adoring children....

World Video
Up to the Minute
Africa
Nigerian militants bomb bridge, killing 8 people

Asia
China reports deadly attack in northwest

Europe
London's iconic Gherkin building put up for sale

Latin America/Caribbean
Strong quake shakes Mexico's Gulf coast

Middle East
Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed





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